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Review: The Sialkot Saga

The Sialkot Saga
The Sialkot Saga by Ashwin Sanghi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s the first time I am not certain whether I liked any book or not. Usually, it’s either “a hit” or “a flop”, “A great book” or “A poorly written book”. Clear black and white. But with The Sialkot Saga, well, I am utterly inconclusive.

OK, let me try explaining what I thought about this 560 pages long book.

The Sialkot Saga is a story of two protagonists who are born into two different families, and brought up in different cultures as they belong to different religious backgrounds. However, both of them are as intelligent, shrewd, strong, and courageous as one another.

Throughout the story, I was going through only one thought “How can anything and everything happen in the lives of these two people?” From World Trade Center attack, the Taj attack, the Harshad Mehta scam, to murders, deaths, same same lovers, infidelity et cetera et cetera. It seemed like the writer was trying to put each and every major incident in the world of history into the lives of his protagonists, which came across as unrealistic to me.

The parts where they con others, make fool of them are interesting, clever and funny. The BEST PART is the epilogue- superbly written.

Well, I would end the review by saying that the book did not live up to my expectations. I would rate it 3 stars.

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Review: Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Plot
“Before I Go to Sleep” is a thriller novel written by S.J. Watson. The story revolves around a woman who after a car accident becomes amnesiac. She wakes up every day not remembering the last 25 years of her life, which includes her marriage, her son, and her career as a writer. However, with the help of a doctor, she starts keeping a daily journal, which apart from helping her remember things, also makes her question the stories being told to her by her husband and she becomes determined to find out who she really is, what her life really is.

The Review:
I was expecting a lot from this book, basis the reviews I had read on Goodreads as well as on the back cover of the book. But alas, it did not live up to my expectations. I hardly found anything thrilling in the book and it surely was not a page-turner, according to me. I hate to put books down without finishing it, so I soldiered on till the end and the last 30 pages were the only pages which grabbed my attention. I admit the twist in the end was actually “woah” or “I-did-not-see-that-coming”. But overall, it was a book which could have been skipped!

Favorite Quotes:
1. “What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”

2. We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.”
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Review: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a nice quick mystery to read. Very simple to understand. In the initial few pages, I felt like I was reading something similar to the TV show “Lost” as in both the stories, people are stranded on an island with murders taking place around them and these people are curious to resolve the mystery. But when I was halfway through, I realized it was nothing like “Lost”. I really liked the concept of relating a nursery rhyme with all the murders which were happening one by one. Nicely written, not at all complex. It’s a book which you would like to read when you are on a travel maybe, and can finish it in mere two days!

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Edward: Pleased to Meet You, Scarlett.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pleased to Meet You.”

The protagonists are:

Scarlett O’Hara- Gone with the Wind

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Edward Cullen – Twilight

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It’s 1861 and Edward is 100 years old. He is wandering around in Georgia in search of blood, animal’s blood. He is thirsty and disgruntled and lonely. He finds nothing and no one but just when he is about to turn back, he sees a girl, dressed in a long floral dress, working diligently on a plantation. That’s Scarlett. She is working on her plantation, Tara plantation, the only thing which is dear to her. She lives for that land, her own land which she has grown after working day and night. Never before had Edward seen such a beauty. He took no time to fall in love with her.

Edward: Excuse me. I am looking for Mr. Hamilton’s residence. If you can help me with the same, I would be very grateful.

Scarlett: I know no one named Hamilton. Now if you will please excuse me.

Edward: I see you are worried. Is there anything I can help you with?

Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee. Can’t you see I am working? Now go away and let me work.

Edward: I just offered to help you.

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Quote in Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

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And When We Met – A short story!

Just when he is sitting in a library thinking how boring his life has become, a girl with big hazel eyes and long hair walks in the library. He looks at her and then looks at her again. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen in his life and he felt the love-at-first-sight feeling for the first time. She sits next to him and he somehow finds the courage to start the conversation.

“Um, Hi. I am Adam.” He says with a broad smile on his face.

“Okay.” She replies.

“Hmm. So she is playing hard to get.” He thinks.

“So, what’s your name?” he tries again.

“Not interested.” She replies curtly.

“Oh. It must be a very boring name then.” Saying so, he turns away.

“Excuse me. Who do you think you are?”

“Who do you think I am?”

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The Forty Rules of Love – Daily Prompt – WORDS

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The last book which I read was “The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak. It was published in 2010.

Ok, so why did I choose it? Well, I went into a bookstore, I picked this book  up, read the back cover and instantly this book clicked a chord in me, and I bought it. This is how I chose it, or maybe this is how the book chose me. 🙂

The story is set in two worlds. One is contemporary and the other is set in the thirteenth century.

The contemporary story revolves around two people – A married woman and a writer. It tells how these two persons, totally opposite, living in different continents, get in touch with each other and fall in love.

The thirteenth century story is about the famous poet- Rumi and his spiritual mentor Shams of Tabriz. Shams is a spiritual monk who illuminates the readers through his Forty Rules of Love.

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Collection of my favorite quotes- Part 1

1. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

2. “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.”

– Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

3. “Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

– Gayle Forman, If I stay

4. “It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you’re left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”

– Yann Martel, Life of Pi

5. “Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.”

– Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

6. “The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”

– Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

7. “The opposite of love is not hate. Hate is just love gone bad. The actual opposite of love is apathy. When you don’t care a damn as to what happens to the other person.”

– Amish Tripathi, The Secret of the Nagas

8. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?”

– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

9. “I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.”

– John Keats

10. “What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty.”

– Spencer, Fate of the butterfly

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